I think we are seeing the last of the Olympic games

Dave68124

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I caught this post about the cost of the games - $51B for the host country - are you f'n kidding me? Then to see the pictures of what happens to some or all of the facilities after the fact. Being a finance guy, I have no idea how you EVER make the numbers work without some completely ludicrous assumptions.

My guess is within the next decade, you will have most countries not willing to bid on the games or at least the games as they have been currently formatted. One location, two weeks. I could see a multi-location games that utilize current facilities and potentially spread over a longer period of time.

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/08/10/after-the-games-go-17-haunting-abandoned-olympic-venues/21448848/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000058&
 

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I heard a story on the radio about how host countries are addressing this. E.g. one of the indoor arenas in Rio will provide raw materials for 4 elementary schools. They've got plans for how to chop down an 80,000 seat stadium to 20,000 sets after an Olympics. No more of those giant stadiums like in Beijing, the one that looks like a big bug cocoon.
 

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I caught this post about the cost of the games - $51B for the host country - are you f'n kidding me? Then to see the pictures of what happens to some or all of the facilities after the fact. Being a finance guy, I have no idea how you EVER make the numbers work without some completely ludicrous assumptions.

My guess is within the next decade, you will have most countries not willing to bid on the games or at least the games as they have been currently formatted. One location, two weeks. I could see a multi-location games that utilize current facilities and potentially spread over a longer period of time.

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/08/10/after-the-games-go-17-haunting-abandoned-olympic-venues/21448848/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000058&
Or they'll start to get cycled around countries already with the infrastructure.

I think we, and I'm sure the USA to, and many West European countries, could probably host the Olympics tomorrow with all the top class facilities here. And to be honest countries who have proven they can do it well should expect to host it more than once in a generation IMHO.

The really dopey bollocks thing about Rio is that, because they couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery, many of the stadiums are half empty, most worrying the athletics. Jesus, better just slashing the price or even giving them away to some of those not so well off and getting the stadium filled (and selling stuff) than there being large empty areas. Nuts
 

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What's disappointing is that the show has become more important than the competition. I just don't see the utility of bankrupting host countries for an event that lasts 2 weeks. I am starting to think our generation is even worse than the X and Y gens. X & Y gens are lazy, entitled little brats. We are the parents that kept on pushing the excess in everything and making them that way. Unfortunately the Olympics has taken on our character as parents.
 
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